Al Molinaro – Happy Days‘ lovable chef – has died, aged 96.
Molinaro, who played Arnold’s Diner owner Big Al Delvecchio in the classic sitcom, died in hospital after suffering from gallstones. His son Michael told TMZ that Molinaro decided against having surgery.
Molinaro appeared in Happy Days from season 4 to season 9 (1976 to 1982), and also showed up in spinoff Joanie Loves Chachi. Away from the Fonz universe, he also found success as Murray the Cop in The Odd Couple in the early 1970’s.
He is survived by his wife Betty and son Michael.